At Brezniak-Rodman we are committed to providing personalized service and funeral direction to Jewish and Interfaith families. To achieve our objectives, owners David Brezniak and George Rodman arrange each funeral and ensure that every service detail and family need is met. The following represents the most common services and products that we provide for families. If you have special requests, please do not hesitate to ask. We can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days per year at (617) 969-0800.
Brezniak-Rodman prearrangements are funded through the New England Funeral Trust under the auspices of The Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association. They are insured 100 percent and are held at The Cambridge Trust Company. If you have made prearrangements with Stanetsky or Levine Chapel and would like to transfer to Brezniak-Rodman Chapel you may do so at no penalty, you may discuss this with any one of our funeral directors.
Graveside services are held exclusively at the graveside. Friends and family meet at the cemetery, usually one half hour before the appointed service time. For example, at Sharon Memorial Park in Sharon, Massachusetts, graveside services are scheduled on the three quarter hour (ex. 10:45, 11:45, etc.). The family, in many instances, drive their own cars, thereby saving the cost of a limousine. If the family wishes to use a limousine, this service can be arranged.
Over 50% of all funeral services in the greater Boston area are conducted at the graveside. Families have told us that they have found the graveside service to be extremely beneficial in several ways. It eliminates the need for the funeral procession. The time spent at graveside for the service is not rushed and therefore it allows more opportunity for reflection and meditation. Families often tell us that the 30 or 40 people in attendance would be lost in a chapel that seats 150.
Brezniak-Rodman supplies up to 50 seats for graveside services and a portable sound system. In cemeteries where a tent is not included in the opening charge we supply a tent whenever possible. The Brezniak-Rodman staff supply register books and programs for family and friends attending the service. During summer months, bottled water is supplied for the family and guests.
Our Chapel services are held in Newton at 1251 Washington Street, West Newton, 02465, at the corner of Washington and Chestnut Street. We can seat 85 people and standing room will accommodate an additional 35 people.
In Sharon, Brezniak-Rodman Funeral Directors have the ability to have non members of Temple Sinai use the sanctuary of this beautiful Temple located just two minutes from Sharon Memorial Park. This contemporary sanctuary seats over 200 people and can easily be expanded to 500. Families with interments in nearby Sharon Memorial Park have especially found this comforting during winter months.
Many families feel that a funeral service at the temple of their family member is very personal and comforting. This is the spiritual home where many meaningful life cycle events have taken place. There is no charge for funeral services at the temple. However, it is customary for the family to make a donation to the temple or to the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund.
Temple Partnership Program
Brezniak-Rodman Funeral Directors has partnered with several area temples and synagogues to allow services for non-members to take place at these beautiful and expansive facilities. The following temples are part of this program.
- Temple Ohabei Shalom, Montague Chapel 1187 Beacon St., Brookline
- Temple Sinai, 25 Canton St. Sharon,MA
- Temple Beth Am, 871 No. Main St. (Rte. 28), Randolph
- Temple Beth Sholom, 50 Pamela Rd., Framingham
A memorial service can take place at a temple, chapel, academic setting or home. The casket is not present at a memorial service. Brezniak-Rodman’s staff provides attendants at the chapel, temple, home or other facility.
Less than 10 percent of Jewish families choose cremation. However, if a family decides to have a cremation, a service may take place at a chapel, graveside or reform temple. The cremation is typically performed at a local crematory, such as Newton Cemetery or Mount Auburn. The burial of cremated remains is permitted at Sharon Memorial Park, at many of the cemeteries in West Roxbury, and other Jewish Cemeteries in the greater Boston area.
Out Of State Arrangements
If a death occurs out of state, call 1-800-554-2199 and Brezniak-Rodman will contact the funeral representative in the city or town where the death has taken place. Transportation arrangements to Boston will be made.
Our professional relationships with funeral directors are notably in both Florida coasts, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, New York, and Long Island.